Around 12 months ago I started to explore ideas I'd had about painting techniques.
Until this point I'd been creating aged antique looks using chalk paint and waxes, but this was costly by the time I'd bought the paint, clear and coloured wax that was needed.
Me being me, and with my background in process improvement, I thought there had to be another way. My thinking was this, if I could develop processes that created the same aged antique look, using only paint, it would be quicker, easier and more affordable.
And that, is what I did!
For months I tested different paints and different processes, talked with paint manufacturers, then tested some more until I was happy with both the product and the process.
Now, you can create a beautiful aged antique look such as these ones below, and all you need is paint.
You can learn this technique, along with three others, at my Furniture Paint 101 workshop, either online or face-to-face in New Zealand.
I'd love to teach you how to create this beautiful effect using only paint. Like all of my students, you too will discover how easy it really is!
I hope to see you at a workshop soon!
Since I started my Furniture Paint 101 Workshops in May 2016 I have wanted to take them to other towns and cities around New Zealand. This year so far I have run many in my home town of Tauranga, in Cambridge and Pukekohe, and I have them scheduled in Howick, Whakatane, Rotorua, Waiuku and Taupo.
I'm so excited about teaching more and more people what I know about furniture and home decor item painting.
In November I will be taking my workshops even further. Right now I'm working on my schedule to do a week long tour of other areas of the North Island.
If you'd love to have a Furniture Paint 101 workshop in your town or city, please email me or get in touch via my Facebook page.
Here are a few images from previous workshops:
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A wee treat for each student.
Everything is provided - even the items to paint!
A selection of brushes, sandpaper, rags and paint are available.
Owned and operated by Robbie and Mike Banks, Ross Haven Bed & Breakfast is both a delightful and tranquil space of beauty where you can relax in comfort.
In a quiet rural setting in Tauranga, New Zealand, Ross Haven B & B is full of French country style charm. With every detail taken care of by your hosts, from the plush comfort of your room in a private end of their home, to homemade goodies, delicious breakfasts and a stunning garden, this is the perfect place to unwind.
Your scrumptious breakfast will be beautifully presented. A dinner option is available too, all with the addition of some beautiful homemade delights and homegrown produce - eggs, vegetables, herbs and more.
An active member of the local community, Robbie can give you the rundown on a whole range of attractions and places to visit. She can even host an amazing kayaking tour for you. A fully and highly experienced qualified Kayaking Instructor, Robbie has all the equipment and knowledge you need for a fun time out on the water if that's your thing.
Delicious Homemade Shortbread
Your beautiful room.
All of the comforts.
Breakfast indoors or out.
Simply devine chocolate cake.
Outdoor courtyard in a beautiful garden.
Local freshwater swimming hole.
One of the most popular colours, Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Duck Egg creates a soft and beautiful finish no matter which paint effect you use.
A recent upcycle in my studio, this desk was totally transformed from a boring brown dark stain to this soft luxurious look. With two coats of Duck Egg, carefully sanding out any imperfections between coats, I then applied a dry brush effect to give it another dimension.
This is a colour I've used to upcycle photo frames and baskets too, both of which come up beautifully.
If you're looking for a soft feminine finish, then Duck Egg from the Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint range is for you!
Remember, we have all of your painting accessories that make the job easier too. And, my Furniture Paint 101 workshop is online now too.
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Last year we had the gorgeous Persimmon Lane Cake & Coffee Shop open just 10 minutes away from where we live, and oh my goodness what a treat this place is.
With the most stunning setting amongst persimmon trees in a quiet country road, Persimmon Lane Cake & Coffee Shop is an absolute delight. As you pull up the driveway beautiful trees and an expansive lawn area surrounds the most delightful purpose-built white cottage. An all-weather verandah looks out over this beautiful space.
Stepping inside to see the array of scrumptious offerings is just as impressive. From cakes to savoury and healthier options too, Persimmon Lane have it all. My treat today was Apple and Feijoa Crumble.
Oh, and by the way, the coffee was superb too!
Come and have a look...
Feijoa & Apple Crumble
Distressed Tea Trolley
So, next time you're in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, make sure you make time for coffee or lunch at Persimmon Lane Cake & Coffee Shop, you'll not be disappointed.
If you'd like to find out more about furniture painting, take a look at my Facebook page for more inspiration.
In the meantime...
p.s. If you haven't seen it yet, take a look at my new Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint.
Projects that I can complete in a few hours are my favourites, with weekend projects coming a close second.
Now, as you can imagine, I've got a few pieces (well... more than a few actually) waiting in line to be transformed so this recent project was a good one to get completed end to end over a weekend.
I'm really in love with the whole French farmhouse look right now so I'm working to create a few pieces.
This hall table was the first on the list and I love how it came up.
Here's what I did:
1. Wiped the entire piece with a warm soapy cloth to remove any dust and dirt.
2. Removed the handles.
3. Applied masking tape to the sides of the drawers.
4. Painted the drawer fronts.
5. Turned the table upside down to paint the legs and under sides.
6. Finished off with painting the top.
7. Distressed using sandpaper.
8. Wiped over with a damp cloth to remove any sanding dust.
9. Replaced the handles.
I'm sure you will agree that a coat of paint, some distressing and new handles makes all the difference to this cute wee table.
What is your next piece on your upcycling list?
When I was researching and developing Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint, my main objective was to bring a product to the market that was QUICK, EASY + AFFORDABLE, the three key components that make up the philosophy of my business. This was non-negotiable.
The idea: Create a limited range of diverse colours. Then, teach my students to mix colours to create any shade they need or want. This is proving popular.
I love the fact that I'm encouraging people to explore their creativity even more. For me, this is definitely one of the most satisfying parts of the creative life; experimenting, testing, trialling and even having failures because it is all part of the fun of creative self-expression.
Our furniture paint is a 3-in-1 paint that primes, paints and seals in one process. NO SANDING. NO PRIMING. NO WAXING. NO POLYURETHANE.
Jet is proving to be one of our most popular colours. Used on it's own it of course gives a beautiful lustre and depth to any piece, and mixed (here with White) you can create any shade of grey you desire.
These bar stools were originally clear varnished and were quite light. The next iteration was a dark stain I put on around seven years ago, and now they've been brought up to date.
Here's what I did:
1. Asked my husband Craig to cut the backs off for me.
2. Painted two coats of Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Jet using a Textured Finish.
3. Left to fully cure for 7 days to ensure the paint had hardened.
4. That's it!
Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint is QUICK, EASY + AFFORDABLE!
Check out my FREE Online Furniture Painting workshop.
Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Jet
Bar stools before
This was yet another quick and easy project that has made a HUGE difference to the decor of our home.
Question: What is your next project going to be? Please share it in the comments. I'd love to know!
What a wonderful find it was coming across this delightful cafe.
On a recent road trip to the Manawatu region of New Zealand, I was most pleased to discover this outstanding cafe. With delicious homemade food, coffee that is definitely up there with the best, and a decor that is right up my alley, Hansen's Cafe & Store was one of the highlights of our trip.
Owned and operated by five families who moved North from Nelson two years ago, the store offers an array of handmade soaps, children’s clothing, wood crafted pieces and sewn homewares.
Housed in an early 1900s building which was totally renovated when the new owners took over, the decor consists of beautiful repurposed timbers from the property. From its rustic chalkboard signage to the solid wood tables and enormous fire surround, the well thought out layout and furnishings are just lovely. A mixture of small and large tables and chairs, couch and comfy chair areas and bar stool benches, there’s a space for everyone.
Stopping for afternoon tea, the rhubarb crumble took my eye, and Craig had the ginger crunch slice; both were baked to perfection. The coffee couldn’t be faulted either.
Of course the decor was the thing that attracted me when I saw the images on Google. The rustic finishes, repurposed wood, painted furniture and upcycled products were inspiring for sure.
For me, one of the highlights was the staff. All members of the families that own the business, they were exceptionally engaged. Of the three staff I spoke with, each had a story, and each was genuinely interested in me and my story - where I’d come from, and where I was travelling to and from.
Take a look for yourself at the decor and food.
Hansen's Cafe & Store
Beautiful homemade food
Rhubarb Crumble & Flat White Coffee
A variety of crafts are available for sale
Upcycled coffee sacks, children's clothing and soy candles.
Rustic signage and upcycled pieces.
You might like to check out some of my before and after inspiration of upcycled pieces that have been transformed.
I'm so excited to bring you my online Furniture Paint 101 workshop.
No matter where you are in the world, now you too can learn to turn your tired old pieces into ones you absolutely LOVE.
Learn all of the favourite painted furniture techniques I teach in my face-to-face workshops designed to give you the upcycling skills you need to make your home beautiful.
ABOUT UPCYCLED & CO.
Upcycled & Co. is my 'baby', founded on a philosophy of providing quick, easy and affordable furniture painting workshops, and furniture paint. I have always loved to create... I love texture, colour, and most of all, expressing myself through the creative process. As a teenager it was sewing my own clothes, then later knitting. In my 20s I tried all sorts, from decoupage to abstract acrylic painting on canvas. And for the last 15 years I have been into upcycling in one way or another - repainting plant pots, recovering lampshades and painting furniture and old photo frames to a create a new look.
HOW IT WORKS
You will be joining me online and I will be coming to you from the Upcycled & Co. studio. The techniques for Furniture Paint 101 Online are recorded in individual videos and give you a step-by-step demonstration of each technique.
FURNITURE PAINT 101: THE WORKSHOP
Learn 4 different and beautiful techniques at my Online Furniture Paint 101 Workshop then set to work to turn your tired old furniture into pieces you absolutely LOVE! I've created four separate videos to make it easy for you to learn one technique at a time
You will learn how to:
You will get to access videos that take you through each process step-by-step, and you can watch them again whenever you want to.
Plus you will receive 2 BONUS Workshops - The Colour Mixing workshop & The Stone Effect workshop.
Here's what my clients say:
"I didn't realise it was going to be so easy!" Jo
"Thank you for a fun and informative workshop." Kate
"It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be." Wendy
You can find more reviews on my Facebook page.
If you've done one of my workshops or if you've painted furniture, please share your experience in the comments below.
wasIf you've been following Upcycled & Co. for a while you will know how much I love quick and easy projects.
This urn had been sitting in my studio for quite some time, until I got my hands (and paint brush) onto it recently.
The colour I chose is a custom mix of Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Mustard, Jet and Tangerine, and I love it! It's one of the colours in our dining room chair fabric so I've used it as an accent colour in our decor.
Now when I say I like quick and easy projects, this really was quick. I'd finished painting my chair in the same colour and I had enough paint left to do this urn, so I set to work. With no need for preparation, apart from a quick wipe over with a damp cloth, I knew I could get this done in under an hour.
Here's what I did:
1. Applied two coats of Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint.
2. Dried each coat with a hairdryer, making sure they were completely dry before applying the next coat.
It really was that simple!
I love how this looks in our lounge.
Now... what's my next project...
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